Yearly Archives: 2017

Episode 127 – Religious Belief Vs Religious Practice

2:38 The final recommendations from the Royal Commission.

10:31 Hugh Harris on “Religious Freedom”. Practice Vs Belief.

34:36 Street Walker

36:29 The Ruddock panel. Prof Nicholas Aroney, who has said religious freedom should include right to practise sharia law within limits,

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Episode 126 – Tax, Kebab Shops and Sex with a Ghost

Sit back and relax as we weave tax theory, kebab shops and sex with a ghost into a compelling review of the last 7 days.
0:59 There are a lot of big companies paying little or no tax. Multinational companies shift income overseas to tax havens.

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Episode 125 – Chicken breeding, tattoos and cake shops

The only podcast that can successfully combine chicken breeding, tattoos, cakeshops and politics in one compelling episode.

1:11 The IFVG Secular Index ranks our Federal politicians according to their commitment to secular policies. The same-sex marriage debate has flushed out the non-secular opinions of some of our political leaders.

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Episode 124 – Preferences, Panels and Princes

Our Australian Podcast discusses One Nation Preferences, Lopsided Panels, Dying Patients, Religious Privileges, Bogus Persecution, Marauding Princes, Jackie’s Pain and Bob Katter’s Proclivities.

1:50 The result of the Queensland election has not been formally announced
but it appears that the Labor Government has been returned thanks in
part to the strange preference arrangement of the One Nation Party.

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Episode 123 – Nasty Prejudices or Conscientious Beliefs?

3:06 We look at the marriage equality survey and examine what correlation there was between the No vote and religious affiliation, immigration status, education and ethnicity.

12:37 The factor that correlated most strongly with a No vote was religious affiliation. Being born overseas had only a slightly positive relationship with voting No.

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Episode 122 – Yes, let’s talk about so called “Religious Freedom”

No surprises for guessing that we kick off with a discussion over the
result of the marriage equality survey. Interestingly, the No vote
was strongest in the western suburbs of Sydney that feature a large
immigrant population.

10:21 We talk about the draft bill presented by James Paterson and the
nature of the exemptions that he is seeking and we also look at the
attitude of the Sydney Anglican Church and the Catholic Church to these
exemptions.

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Episode 121 – Want something banned in Qld? – Get Palaszczuk’s boyfriend to lobby for it.

1:14 It seems that there is legislation to allow at least one person to
sue politicians who have fallen foul of the citizenship
requirements. A man from Wagga Wagga is showing us how it is done.

7:05 Australian attitudes to private schools are like American attitudes to
gun control.

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Episode 120 – A bad week for Malcolm

1:20 Malcolm Turnbull has had a bad week and we start off by looking at the
citizenship fiasco and his poor political skills. When the issue arose
he should have told the members in question to stand down while
waiting for the High Court to resolve the matter.

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Episode 119 – Keating swims in the swill and our systems encourage Fake News

We have banged on about marriage equality for months. This episode will be a marriage equality free zone.

4:59 We start off with the assisted dying debate and the fact that the debate is not happening in Queensland despite the recent Labor conference passing a motion in favour of introducing voluntary euthanasia laws.

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Episode 118 – The Pots are calling The Kettles Black

2:10 We start with the extraordinary homily
from Sydney’s Archbishop Anthony Fisher in which he advised Governments
that they should, in general, keep out of the friendship business and
out of the bedroom. In an extraordinary display of self-control he
managed to say this with a straight face.

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Episode 117 – What were we saying back in October 2016?

blankHighlights from October 2016

2:45 Exorcisms and Islam’s view of The Devil and 5 things prophets have in common.

5:49 Embryos and medical research and how ISIS is more progressive than the Catholics

8:52 Scary Clowns, Ronald McDonald and The Hijab wrapped up into a lively discussion.

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Episode 116 – Guns, Freedom and … Sodomites

01:06 The Fist and The 12th Man discuss the shooting in Las Vegas and refer you
to the Bill before Congress called the Sportsmen’s Heritage and
Recreational Enhancement Act. This diabolical piece of legislation
proposes to allow US citizens to purchase silencers without background
checks and forces the government to destroy records of
transactions regarding silencers.

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Episode 115 – 27 September 2017

2:31 In this episode of the podcast, we note that Tim Nicholls arrived at the correct answer on marriage equality but he scores no marks for his calculations. In our view, deciding the marriage equality question based on St Paul’s letter to the Corinthians is poor practice for a State Opposition Leader.

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Episode 114 – The Flying Spaghetti Monster

The Fist talks to Tanya, the Captain of the Australian chapter of The Church of The Flying Spaghetti Monster.

21:57 Should a priest be allowed to deny marriage for a couple who supported marriage equality via a Facebook post?

24:22 The Fist theory on marriage and the delegation of a civil function.

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Episode 113 – 13 September 2017

We have a new feature. if you listen to the podcast directly from the post on our website, you will be able to jump directly to different topics by clicking on the relevant time stamp. Hopefully, this will make it easier for you to share your favourite parts of our podcast.

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Free Speech – Where to draw the line?

This is a summary of the argument put forth in episode 113

At some point, free speech should be restrained, I have previously drawn the line at “inciting violence”

Why?

Because violence causes real physical injury measurable by objective evidence

Whereas

Offence,

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Episode 112 – 6 September 2017

In this episode The Fist and Simon do a book review of Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman.

The phenomenal New York Times Bestseller by Nobel Prize-winner Daniel Kahneman, Thinking Fast and Slow offers a whole new look at the way our minds work, and how we make decisions.

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Episode 111 – 29 August 2017

In episode 111 the Fist is joined by the 12th Man.

01:02 We discuss:

  • What is the best date for Australia Day,
  • 10:51 Stan Grant and Cook’s statue,
  • 15:30 Trans-generational trauma,
  • Aborigines who elect to identify with part of their ancestry and after dividing their own identity complain about inclusion of that identity in society.

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Episode 110 – 22 August 2017

1:21 In episode 110 we kick off with a survey of expected participation rates in the upcoming postal vote.

8:15 The Fist then launches into Part A of a theoretical discussion of the difference between ideological identities and non-ideological identities and how this needs to be determined as part of deciding what level of criticism is acceptable.

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Freedom

Freedom

It is personal to the person claiming it. Freedom is the notion that you are free to do things without being stopped by other persons or things.For example, I am free to walk down the street and smell the flowers.

Freedom does not mean I am free to stop you from smelling the flowers.

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Episode 109 – 16 August 2017

1:55 In episode 109 we look at the arguments put forward by religious groups opposing marriage equality and note that they have not been honest enough to admit that scripture is their primary reason. It is dishonest and disingenuous of them to put forward arguments of religious freedom, freedom of speech and the danger of the safe schools program.

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Episode 108 – 9 August 2017

In episode 108 at 1:32 we look at the marriage equality postal vote and the plebiscite fiasco and we ask who is Andrew Broad and what are the Christian Values Awards?

The Queensland Labour conference votes to support the introduction of voluntary euthanasia legislation

34:50 The religious lobby will complain that the proposed legislation infringes on freedom of religion for clerks working in marriage registries and also wedding cake providers.

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Episode 107 – 1 August 2017

In this episode of the podcast, the Fist is joined by The Squeaky Wheel.

4:56 The Fist offers a dinner party tip for men

6:22 We kick off with a Sikh family who want their son to wear a patka when attending school and we debate the merits of their case.

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Episode 106 – Non-Religious Roundtable 2 – 25 July 2017

Topics include:

Who are The Rationalists?

Co-operation between secular groups

Global Atheist Convention in Melbourne in February 2018 – “Reason to Hope”

Clementine Ford

Lyle Shelton on Sky

41:40  QandA on furniture and terrorism and GREG AUSTIN.

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Episode 105 – 19 July 2017 – Solo Rant by The Fist

The Religious Right is blocking progressive reform of assisted dying, religious instruction and abortion law. They are taking over the Liberal party in a Tea Party like takeover and will push neo-liberalism as well as it fits their dominionist worldview. Unfortunately, the Left is consumed by Identity Politics and we have lost our ability to decide moral issues with consistent moral rules.

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Episode 104 – 13 July 2017

In this episode, Trevor speaks with Alison and Julia from Qld Parents For Secular State Schools.

Here is the link to their Facebook page

 

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Episode 103 – 4 July 2017

00:46 In this episode of the podcast we discuss a crazy Catholic nun who terrorised young children into thinking that they were being permanently removed from their parents. The ordeal lasted for 5 1/2 hours and is a fine example of the sensitivities of the Catholic Church.

05:25 We discuss why we cannot discuss Cardinal Pell because of the sub judice rules.

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Episode 102 – 28 June 2017

01:20 The census result

06:40 The Fist says the result is a disgrace.

10:15 The Fist explains why we must get a different religion question in the next Census and he also takes aim at cultural Christians.

12:32 What will it take for people to get interested in religious interference.

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Episode 101 – 20 June 2017

1:08 We look at a hard-line Christian hoping to replace Gillian Triggs as head of the Australian Human Rights Commission. Augusto Zimmermann is backed by Margaret Court and does not believe in evolution. What could possibly go wrong?

7:08 We explain why three government ministers are facing contempt of court charges.

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Episode 100a – better audio

Sorry about the audio on episode 100.

Scott’s voice was too loud (or mine was too soft) and there was a lot of background noise.

Here is a better version.

Trevor

In this episode, we look at the UK election and discuss the Democratic Unionist Party,

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Episode 100 – 14 June 2017

In this episode, we look at the UK election and discuss the Democratic Unionist Party, Sinn Fein, Elmo and Lord Buckethead as well as a new theory called the median legislator theorem.

 

We shake our head at the request by The Islamic Council of Victoria for safe spaces so that their troubled youth can rage against Western civilisation without fear of being labelled radical.

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Episode 99 – 7 June 2017

2:56 In episode 99 we look at the latest terrorist attack in the United Kingdom.
3:05 We discuss the statement by the British Prime Minister and the responses around the world.
5:21 An article from The Guardian proves that The Guardian has lost touch with reality.

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Episode 98 – The Fist and Right Wing Tony discuss Islam

In this episode of the podcast, we are joined by Right Wing Tony.
1:03 We look at the aftermath of the Manchester bombing
1:17 Jonathon Pie on the attack. Carrying on as normal achieves nothing. Apparently, if I get angry, the Terrorists win.

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Episode 97 – 24 May 2017

0:57 Manchester bombing. It is often the successful sons and daughters of refugees who commit terrorist acts.

5:58 We criticise the government for paying money to the Catholic hierarchy rather than to individual Catholic schools because the Catholic hierarchy cannot be trusted to distribute the money correctly. In the article we have linked to it is clear that the National Catholic Education Commission has been taking money from poor schools and giving it to rich schools.

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Episode 96 – 12 May 2017

In this episode, The Fist talks with Brian Morris the author of Sacred to Secular.

Here is a link to his petition.

and here is a link to his website Plain Reason where you can get a copy of his book Sacred to Secular.

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Episode 95 – 10 May 2017

1:28 We take a quick look at the federal budget and ask why Labor is not supporting the coalition’s policy to reduce funding for elite private schools.

8:20 We briefly remind listeners of the history of government funding of private schools and pay homage to Mother Celestine who pulled off a true miracle by converting a toilet block into a gold mine.

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Episode 94 – 4 May 2017

1:13 The Iron Fist and Hugh Harris discuss the NSW SRE decision. Here is one opinion and here is the alternative

10:38 A discussion on the role and importance of Christianity and Judeo-Christian ethics in our Australian culture including references to  Kevin Donnelly’s article on celebrating Christianity’s role in our society and Hugh’s response and another Kevin Donnelly article claiming Barnaby Joyce is right about Judeo-Christian principles.

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Episode 93 – 27th April 2017

0:46 Yassmin and Anzac Day

6:02 The interplay of S.18C and S.18D. Yassmin’s comments on Anzac Day may have breached 18C and arguably failed to met the elements of S.18D

16:30  Hugh Harris paints a picture where atheists are in control and turn the tables on theists

21:40  No more Eagle Rock

24:55  Russia has banned the JWs

28:35  Religion is dragging us down says a famous biologist

30:11  The Dalai Lama is running rings around the Pope

33:30  Trump is a lot like the God of the Old Testament

36:40  Is anyone else worried about Indonesia?

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Episode 92 – 20 April 2017

1:23 Partisan bias and public opinion on Trump’s Syria strike

8:50 A Washington Post poll reveals Republicans disapproved of bombing when Obama was considering it but approved when Trump did it.

16:45  Trump can remember dessert but not the name of the country he bombed

Attacking North Korea: surely Donald Trump couldn’t be that foolish

21:37  JFK and the military

ACT government defends abortion clinic prayer ban as ‘rights balancing’

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Episode 91 – 13 April 2017

The return of Right Wing Tony

1:05 Our review of the conflict in Syria. RWT on The “Muddle” East. The various groups seem to line up according to their interest in two competing gas pipelines. RWT argues the conflicts would occur even without a pipeline and we should stay out of it.

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Episode 90 – 5 April 2017

3:03 The Ayaan Hirsi Ali fiasco where she was vilified by feminist Muslims via a petition and a viral video. Hirsi Ali is accused of Islamophobia.

35:01 Criticism of identity is the new blasphemy.

38:09 Anne Aly and 18C and including religion.

41:31 Gillian Triggs “sadly you can say what you like around the kitchen table at home”

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Episode 89 – 28 March 2017

A special episode where The Iron Fist chats with Venerable Alex.

You can check out his bio at https://law.anu.edu.au/people/alex-bruce

 

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(This is a piece I wrote in January 2015 in preparation for a submission to The Secular Party)

A Proposed Policy for Freedom of Speech

My intention is to explore:

  1. A rational philosophical approach to Freedom of Speech laws
  2. The current Freedom of Speech laws in Australia and Queensland
  3. Whether amendments are warranted;

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Episode 88 – 22 March 2017

0:52 There is renewed discussion over S.18c. A plan to replace “insult, offend or humiliate” with “harass”.

10:11 Pakistan is not happy with the amount of blasphemy on Facebook and have asked Facebook for names and details of blaspheming Pakistanis.

11:43 The BBC asked what is the right punishment for blasphemy.

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Episode 87 – 16 March 2017

Hugh Harris joins the podcast.

00:51 Long-Awaited Medical Study Questions the Power of Prayer

5:38 Mormon church baptising thousands of dead Victorians – atheist or not

8:15 By promoting diversity over fighting ability the Army is alienating its warriors

18:08 Vatican releases updated guidelines for bioethical questions

24:36 What do Coopers beer,

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The Seven Deadly Sins of Identity Politics

We should thank Yassmin Abdel-Magied.

We were uneasy about identity politics but we were reluctant to criticise it. Somewhere in the recesses of our minds we worried that perhaps our doubts were evidence of a suppressed racism we reluctantly still harboured.

But her notions of culture and identity are so misguided that we can now see them for what they are and more importantly,

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Religious Instruction Classes – Tell us your war stories

Have you had a bad experience with religious instruction classes? Was your child enrolled without your consent or was your child shuffled off to a broom closet and ostracised for not joining the religious instruction class?

Have you attended a P&C meeting to question the extra funding paid to the school chaplain only to find that you are ostracised for daring to question the value of the “chappy”?

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Episode 86 – 8 March 2017

1:12 A tool to force people to read an article before they can comment on an article.

2:42 Some pharmacies in the UK want to be able to refuse to supply contraceptives. The 12th Man’s friend asked for extra large condoms in Japan.

6:20 Pauline Hanson thinks Putin is a great guy and vaccinations should be optional.

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Episode 85 – 1 March 2017

 

Hugh Harris is back.

 

Indigenous football teams such as the NRL Indigenous All Stars – are they a good or a bad thing?

The Royal Commission into child abuse. What will they recommend? What won’t they recommend? Will anything change?

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Episode 84 – 22 February 2017

Organ donation Two issues. mandatory and family consent.

Archbishop offers to counsel Palaszczuk, Trad on abortion

The Vatican, child sex crimes and how Australia is the great facilitator

Australians believe 18C protections should stay

Essential Report

Terrorism Denial on the Left

AUSTRALIAN CHRISTIAN LOBBY SAYS REMOVING THE ‘GAY PANIC’ DEFENCE IN QUEENSLAND WILL PLACE WOMEN IN DANGER

The close ties between Donald Trump and Rupert Murdoch worries more than reporters

Q&A activist asked radical Islamic group for advice after spat with Jacqui Lambie

Change.org petitions for and against Yassmin Abdel-Magied

Ayaan Hirsi Ali poster is banned.

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Episode 83 – 15 February 2017

The Iron Fist and Hugh Harris start off by discussing how politicians should speak about Islam and then we move on to ethics generally and how they might be refined by thought experiments and then applied to our immigration debate.

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Episode 82 – 8 February 2017

4,444 victims: extent of abuse in Catholic church in Australia revealed

Royal commission into child sexual abuse: 1,880 alleged perpetrators identified in Catholic Church

Catholic use of confession to be scrutinised by child abuse royal commission

Trump and Australia.

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Episode 81 – 2 February 2017

The Iron Fist is joined by Hugh Harris to discuss the Religious Freedom Round Table, Scientology, Indigenous issues and President Trump’s executive order.

Hugh’s blog

Here are links to some of the articles that were mentioned.

I question the motives and sincerity of those claiming to be upset because of injustices committed in the past by what boils down to what one set of my ancestors did to another set of my ancestors.

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Episode 80 – 1 February 2017

Trump and his executive order on immigration.

The Roots of a Counterproductive Immigration Policy

US could resettle zero refugees from Manus and Nauru and still ‘honour’ deal

Finding the Middle Ground on Islamic Terror and Civil Rights

Fact,

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Episode 79 – 25 January 2017

GUPride hosting post-Inauguration ‘self-care’ event

‘I think it’s great’: Peter Dutton praises Australia Day billboard featuring Muslim girls

In praise of ignorance

People who swear are more honest

The TPP is a fucking zombie that cannot be killed

The Abdication of the Left

Trump and the Batman effect

Stephen Hawking uses big words on Trump

Rundle: the double-whammy of the Liberal Party’s inevitable decay

A conservatives split from the Liberals would free the party to be truly liberal

You cannot be Kyrgios

More from Lionel Shriver

The reality of religiously-motivated terrorism in Australia

Muslim girl refuses to shake German president’s hand as he visits a school to praise it… for integrating migrants so well

Could those who opt out also be registered

Queering the Undead

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Episode 78 – 7 January 2017

We are still on holidays.

Here is a repeat of episode 40 from the 13th of April 2016.

I have read some interesting books and will come back bright eyed and bushy tailed very soon.

The Fist

 

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